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Upgrade worth from 9600GT?

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January 28, 2012 8:59:53 PM

Hey guys,

I was wondering if it is worth the upgrade from my 9600gt to lets say 6850 from amd.
I don't play alot of games, except Bioware's (mass effect / dragon age etc) maybe i will get gta V whenever it is released.
So the question is could my 9600 gt "survive"(@medium/high) the upcoming games of 2012 (eg mass effect 3 and whatnot) or an upgrade is mandatory?
needed resolution : 1360x768 and some AA

current specs: phenom II X6 (960T), 8GB RAM (1600), AGILITY3 SSD

cheers,

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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:15:24 PM

Assuming you have a decent quality 450 watt PSU or better, the 6850 would be a very nice upgrade. The 9600gt is getting a bit long in the tooth for modern games.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Note on the chart, a significant upgrade is at least three levels above your current card.
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:20:04 PM

I am just gonna recommend you get a new Nvidia card anyways. Because the 9500/9600Gt from looking at performance charts.....well they are however atleast 3 or 4 Generations back. So i'm gonna say the best they you can match with the price/performance is either a GTX 560 or a if you want to save some get a 550 ti they are both good and can hold their weight on most games. but if your gonna be playing the newest games at that resolution i would get the 550 just because the 560 is more for 1080p range
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:33:58 PM

don't buy an nvidia card at the lower end. its not worth it.

the 6850 is a good buy and draws less power than the nvidia cards.

I suggest checking your psu and seeing if its got enough to power a new more powerful card.

I don't think the 9600gt will be able to play games above low coming out in 2012.
January 28, 2012 10:48:09 PM

yeah, so it's time for an upgrade. :) 
i got a corsair cx500 V2, shoud do ok
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 10:49:26 PM

6850 will be more than twice as powerful. This is going to be a pretty epic upgrade for you.
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 10:53:10 PM

That 6870 is what I am looking at for friday.
a c 92 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:16:07 PM

I don't think you need to go fanless, you should choose one with a quiet fan like the vapor-x or directcu should be good enough. That gpu tend to get quite hot especially if you don't have good airflow in your case.

you should hardly hear it over other surrounding noise.
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:22:37 PM

I agree for the price of a fanless you could step up another level 6850->6870 for the additional cost of the fanless cooler.
a c 363 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 12:14:53 AM

To give you a rough idea... The nVidia 9600GT is roughly equal to the Radeon HD 5670. They trade benchmark punches depending on the games.

The Radeon HD 6670 is roughly 10% - 15% faster than the HD 5670 depending on the game. Therefore, going with a Radeon HD 6850 is a pretty good increase in performance.

Note that depending on where you live, the price difference between a Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870 may not be that much. In the US, the price difference between a HD 6850 1GB and HD 6870 1GB is as low as $20 after rebates.
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 6:01:52 AM

vandalay23 said:
i was thinking at
http://www.powercolor.com/global/products_features.asp?...

my current 9600gt from gainward is superloud, i think i could use the silence


Power Color is not the best of brands. the fanless option is nice, but I have had two bad Power Color cards in the past and have seen numerous posts both recently and in the past both here and other forums about them. Plus that particular card is throttled down to allow for the fanless design. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fanless-graphics-ca...

Pretty much all 9600GTs were loud. Modern fans are much better although the less expensive cards can have moderate noise. I would suggest the MSI R6850 Cyclone, the XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC, or the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD as relatively quiet options.
January 29, 2012 10:06:23 AM

thanks for the help guys.
I'll go for the MSI R6850
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